Last week I learned that my uncle will not be with us for much longer. After a year long fight with cancer this news wasn’t a complete shock, but it stings none the less. I headed two hours south on Sunday to visit my family and spend time with my uncle for a few days. It was time very well spent. I’ll share more about my little trip soon and I am working on sorting through my thoughts and emotions from the last few weeks in hopes of sharing them with you soon. But for now, I leave you with this; hold them close. I have hugged two family members for the last time over the last 3 weeks and the one clear thought that I am left with is “hold them close.” Make memories, collect stories, spend time with the ones you love. If I have gained anything from the last month it is a renewed sense of love, family, memories, and the importance of holding them close.